Swim Report: Kai Lani
Heavenly swimwear from the new line Kai Lani.
July 07, 2011
Swimsuit devotees are familiar with South Miami’s Mermaids Boutique, and after 10 years in business the owner and her sister launched Kai Lani (which means "heavenly sea") this year. Find the label at local retailers including Nic Del Mar, Isa Boutique and (of course) Mermaids. As you can see, we've found a few favorite pieces all ready.
Art Watch: Rivane Neuenschwander
Make a Brazilian wish at a new exhibit at the Miami Art Museum.
July 06, 2011
I Wish Your Wish by Rivane Neuenschwander
A wave of Brazilian culture crashes into the Miami Art Museum this month in its latest exhibit “Rivane Neuenschwander: A Day Like Any Other” (July 17–October 16). Showcasing a decade’s worth of artistic and contemporary innovation, Rivane Neuenschwander presents three of her internationally renowned installations along with paintings, photographs, sculptures and film. Although some pieces stand alone, others encourage viewer interaction. The installation I Wish Your Wish draws visitors toward several gallery walls adorned with thousands of colored ribbons, each printed with a wish. Similar to a mystical tradition with roots in Bahia, Brazil, choose a wish you hope for, wrap the ribbon around your wrist and replace it with a new wish of your own. (As always, be careful what you wish for.) Neuenschwander’s First Love, inspired by and adapted from Samuel Beckett’s short story of the same name, is also interactive with participants describing their first love to a police sketch artist in sessions that last approximately an hour and a half. (Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information.) A preview reception with the artist is scheduled for Saturday, July 16 (RSVP@miamiartmuseum.org). Miami Art Museum, 101 West Flagler St., Miami, 305-375-23000
photograph by Benoit Pailley, courtesy New Museum
A Two-Piece for Two Years
The W South Beach celebrates its second anniversary with a limited-edition bikini.
July 06, 2011
The W South Beach is celebrating its two-year anniversary in style with a limited edition Melissa Odabash bikini available through July. The classic cut bandeau design features a signature Odabash print over a white base, ruched detailing, gold rings and removable straps. “I loved doing this collaboration with W South Beach—it’s my favorite place to stay because it mixes fashion, art and music all in one,” says Odabash. “It’s a lifestyle brand like mine, and I designed something in my trademark style and animal African print that suits both mine and their clientele.” 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-938-3000
A trio of new eateries with singular personalities makes an impression.
July 06, 2011
Naruto from Little Lotus
Restaurant: Little Lotus
Details: This is one of those small, hidden, knock-your-socks-off restaurants normally found only in major food cities. The chefs come with an impressive backstory, which includes familiar names like Morimoto and North Miami’s Yakko-San
Dishes to try: Crispy baby bok choy; 8 Crazy Night roll; kek lapis (an Indonesian layered cake)
Address: 22 NE First St., Suite 7, Downtown Miami, 305-533-2700
Restaurant: Catharsis Restaurant & Lounge
Cuisine: South America meets The Caribbean
Details: This small, white-washed spot offers a subtly sophisticated taste of Miami. The service is impeccable, and the food is delightful. Comes here for a low-key date.
Dishes to try: Empanadas; corvina with carrot mash; dulce de leche crêpe
Address: 1644 SW Eighth St., Little Havana, 305-479-2746
Restaurant: Eternity Coffee Roasters
Cuisine: Coffee (and all the extras)
Details: While it may not have Blue Bottle Coffee (yet), Miami is upping its caffeine game and Eternity is generating a lot of buzz. Steeped in coffee culture, it is a perfect morning stop for a cup of joe.
Drinks to try: Espressos; Colombian coffee
Address: 117 SE Second Ave., Downtown Miami, 305-609-4981
Le Nouveau Cirque
Cirque Éloize comes to town with a charming style all its own.
July 06, 2011
You’ve heard of Cirque du Soleil, but chances are you’re not yet familiar with Cirque Éloize. Both troupes are engaged in a long-term relationship based on common creative visions and internationally entertaining appeal, and this summer South Florida hosts both: Cirque du Soleil’s Alegria in Sunrise, and Cirque Éloize’s iD at the Adrienne Arsht Center (July 26–August 7). iD combines awe-inspiring acrobats, contortionists and dancers with break-dancers, rock and hip-hop music and a one-of-a-kind video trampowall. “Cirque Éloize iD explores the concept of identity and how people from different backgrounds get along in a clan,” explains founder and artistic director Jeannot Painchaud. “Each artist represents a unique character that highlights the human spirit and the diversity of the human condition.” Ziff Ballet Opera House, Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-949-6722
LV Makes a Move
Louis Vuitton opens a temporary shop in Aventura as it prepares for its new permanent space.
July 06, 2011
After three decades the Louis Vuitton Bal Harbour boutique closed its doors last month in preparation for the unveiling of a new store in 2012 in Aventura Mall. Until then LV devotees will be treated to a temporary location, also located in Aventura Mall and opening this month. “We are delighted to be bringing our Miami home to Aventura,” says Geoffroy Van Raemdonck, president of Louis Vuitton North America. “Louis Vuitton has been an established presence in the region for several decades, and we felt it was time we were able to respond to the evolving needs of our customers by offering them a significantly enhanced environment. Louis Vuitton Aventura will enable the Miami community to experience all the innovation, artistry and creative excellence this culturally sophisticated city deserves.”
Although a temporary space, the shop will display the same commitment to luxury, culture and the arts as a full-fledged store. One can’t-miss feature? A gallery like exhibit space dedicated to showcasing renowned artists—the first of which is Vik Muniz, whose collaborative work with Brazilian landfill workers was the subject of the Academy Award nominated documentary Wasteland. Aventura Mall, 19595 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305-931-3887
Hot Ticket: Miami Swim Week
Suit yourself at one of the largest gatherings of hot new swimwear.
July 06, 2011
An entire week dedicated to swimsuits? Sounds perfect for Miami—and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim delivers. Runway shows and special events begin July 14 (8 PM) with the official kick-off party at The Raleigh. The exclusive shows continue through July 19 and include first-time appearances by Sonia Vera and Wildfox Swim as well as veterans Beach Bunny, Kooey, White Sands Australia and Miami’s own Red Carter. One of our favorites is diNeila Brazil from designer Neila Granzoti Rudden. The São Paulo native is launching a capsule collection with Sport Illustrated supermodel and Ocean Drive cover girl Chrissy Teigen called Chrissy Teigen for diNeila Brazil.
You can also catch fashion shows and special events throughout South Beach at nearby hotels like The W South Beach, The Setai and The Standard and venues like The Webster and the Miami Beach Convention Center. By the time the festivities end, more than 12,000 journalists, photographers, buyers and VIPs will have descended on Miami. The only thing hotter than the fashion will be the parties, so make sure to get on some lists and keep your eyes open for invites from Ocean Drive.
Film Watch: Page One: Inside The New York Times
A fascinating documentary looks into the The New York Times and the people who make it.
July 05, 2011
Andrew Rossi’s riveting documentary Page One premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and has since made its way to Wynwood’s O Cinema (July 8–10). The film goes inside the newsroom of The New York Times, focusing on the transformation of the media industry as mainstream newspapers struggle to survive in the age of the Internet and iPads. Think of Page One as a drama with real life rebel characters—like Times’ star columnist David Carr—who are fighting to keep reliable news reporting alive. 90 NW 29 St., Miami
Fitness Find: Camp David
David Barton Gym introduces a boot camp that gets results.
July 05, 2011
Shake up your workouts this summer with David Barton Gym by abandoning the treadmill and weights in favor of sand and sea at Camp David. That’s right—these challenging summertime drills are held beachside. Recruits up for the challenge meet at the Gansevoort Beach Club Wednesday evenings at 7 and on Saturday mornings at 8 for an hour-long boot camp session. Intervals focusing on cardio drills, agility training and core strength will keep you moving, guessing and sweating. David Barton Gym South Beach, 2323 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-534-2660
Quattro’s Summer Success
The restaurant’s executive chefs celebrate a win on Rocco’s Dinner Party and a new summer menu.
June 30, 2011
FROM LEFT: Nicola and Fabrizio Carro
Helmed by the dashing chef Rocco DiSpirito, Rocco’s Dinner Party, Bravo’s latest cooking competition, calls upon promising chefs to whip up a fantastic dinner party for a discerning group of guests. This week’s episode challenged contending chefs to create a family-style Italian meal. Miami audiences were no doubt cheering for Quattro executive chefs Nicola and Fabrizio Carro. Nicola was eliminated in the first round but Fabrizio pulled through and won it for the Carro family. Although the two are overjoyed by the win, what they’re really excited about is Quattro’s new summer menu. Some of their favorites include grilled Mediterranean octopus atop chickpea purée; handmade strozzapreti pasta with shrimp, green Castelvetrano olives, oregano and marinara; vanilla panna cotta with strawberry soup, berries and lemon sorbet; and Campari gelatin with white chocolate crema, lychee granita and yogurt gelato. 1014 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach